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History of the temple of the emerald buddha
Author: Subhadradis Diskul

Publisher: Bureau of the Royal Household (1980)
Pages: 43
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The tradition of constructing a Buddhist temple in the precincts of the Royal Palace has existed in Thailand since the Sukhothai period (l240 - 1438 A.D.). When King Rama I (1782-1809) of Bangkok established the city of Bangkok, or Ratanakosin, as his capital in 1782 A.D., he had the Temple of the Emerald Buddha constructed in the eastern section of the Royal Palace in order to install the Emerald Buddha, which he had obtained from the city of Vientiane in Laos. The construction took two years to finis h and the famous image was transferred from Thonburi to the present site in 1784.